Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Archive for April, 2016

Review: The Value of the Moon | The Space Review

ESA’s “Moon Village” concept is just the latest proposal in long-running efforts to develop viable, sustainable plans for a human return to the Moon. Jeff Foust reviews a book by a leading American lunar exploration advocate who argues that a return to the Moon should be rooted in efforts to make use of its resources to expand human presence beyond Earth.

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A launch company, and industry, in transformation | The Space Review

United Launch Alliance found itself on the hot seat last month after a executive made controversial comments at a university seminar that leaked out. Jeff Foust reports that behind the controversy are insights into the transformation that company, and the broader launch industry, are undergoing.

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Of India and ICBMs: two current concerns for American small-satellite launch | The Space Review

Developers of small launch vehicles in the US have recently raised two policy concerns: easier access by American satellite to Indian rockets, and the potential commercial use of excess ICBM motors. Cody Knipfer explores those issues and how they could influence the development of a new generation of commercial launchers.

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An overview of the American Space Renaissance Act (part 1) | The Space Review

Earlier this month, Congressman Jim Bridenstine introduced a wide-ranging space policy bill. Michael Listner begins a three-part examination of its contents by looking at the section discussing military space issues.

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360 View | First Stage Landing on Droneship

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SpaceX’s new 360 video puts you on the drone ship as a rocket lands

This is something else.

An incredible new 360 video from Elon Musk’s SpaceX puts you right on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean as the company’s Falcon 9 rocket came in for its successful landing on April 8.

The new video shows everything from the rocking of the ship as the rocket comes down to the deployment of its landing legs just before touchdown.

And the roar of the rocket is deafening:

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First batch of Iridium Next satellites good to go for July SpaceX launch | SpaceNews.com

PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on April 28 said the contracting team for its second-generation Iridium Next constellation had put past delays behind it and would be ready for a first launch of 10 satellites in late July aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

McLean, Virginia-based Iridium said the launch date could slip by a few weeks, depending on SpaceX’s management of its busy manifest. But satellite prime contractor Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy, and Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, which is handling the satellites’ assembly, integration and test, will have 10 satellites ready for the July rendezvous.

Iridium said that by midsummer, the Iridium Next builders should be producing five Iridium Next satellites per month to meet Iridium’s aggressive schedule.

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